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Join global leaders and experts in the field of analytics, as we delve into the power of data insight at Analytics Experience 2018.

Mick Ebeling

Mick Ebeling
Founder and CEO, Not Impossible Labs

A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation. As a career producer and filmmaker and now founder and CEO of Not Impossible, Ebeling harvests the power of technology and story to change the world.

Ebeling founded Not Impossible, a multiple award-winning social innovation lab and production company, on the premise that nothing is impossible. His mantra of "commit, then figure it out" allows him to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers and thinkers to create devices that better the world by bringing accessibility for all. This unconventional approach brought to life highly acclaimed initiatives – the EyeWriter, Project Daniel, Don’s Voice and most recently Music Not Impossible – that brought the ability to draw back to a paraplegic street artist, 3D-printed arms to Sudanese amputees and "voice" to an ALS patient who hadn’t spoken in 15 years.

Working with a wide array of Fortune 500 companies, Ebeling not only pushes the bar on innovation, he also shares the emotionally resonating story of doing so. These narratives of overcoming seemingly impossible odds have inspired people across the world to do the same.

Named one of Wired’s “Agents of Change,” a two-time SXSW innovation of the year award winner, and recipient of every major creative and advertising award, Ebeling is on a mission to provide “Technology for the Sake of Humanity.” By tapping into a community of passionate and talented engineers, makers, idea generators and storytellers, Ebeling is making the inconceivable, the unbelievable and the impossible Not Impossible.

Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa
CNN Hero and World Champion Adventure Racer

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world-champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, founder of the Project Athena Foundation, former corporate sales expert and a full-time firefighter. She’s the author of the New York Times best-seller How Winning Works.

For 20 years, she has been building teams from the jungles of Borneo to the Himalayas while studying the good, the bad and the not-so-pretty in extreme teamwork. Benincasa has mastered the skills required to inspire a group of semiexhausted people through a seemingly endless series of checkpoints, in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal. It is through some of the world’s most grueling challenges that she gained a truly unique perspective on building world-class teams. Whether you’re trying to beat the competition to market, scale a mountain of a project or get your team marching in the same direction, her 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy coaches you to success.

A. Platon

World-Renowned, Award-Winning Photographer and Founder, The People's Portfolio

Platon worked for British Vogue for several years before he was invited to New York City to work for the late John Kennedy Jr. and his political magazine, George. He has photographed for Rolling Stone, The New York Times magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ and The Sunday Times magazine. He has produced more than 20 covers for Time magazine, including the 2007 “Person of the Year” cover featuring Vladimir Putin. This image was awarded first place at the World Press Photo Contest. Platon’s photo essay work at the New Yorker has earned two ASME awards.

In 2009, he teamed up with Human Rights Watch on projects that highlight human rights defenders from Burma and the leaders of the Egyptian revolution. In 2011, Platon was honored with a Peabody Award for collaboration on Russia's civil society with The New Yorker magazine and Human Rights Watch.

Platon’s work has been exhibited in global galleries and museums, including several permanent collections. In 2013, he founded The People's Portfolio, a nonprofit that aspires to create a visual language that breaks barriers and enlists the public to support human rights. He serves as Creative Director at Large for the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and is on the Arts and Culture board at the World Economic Forum. He has published four books of his work, including Power (Chronicle, 2011), a one-of-a-kind collection of more than a hundred portraits of the world’s most powerful leaders.

Tricia Wang

Dr. Tricia Wang
Global Technology Ethnographer and Co-Founder, Sudden Compass

Tricia Wang believes that real growth lies outside the boundaries of the known and not everything valuable is measurable. Combining the cultural and behavioral sides of technology use, she helps companies discover new customers in markets hidden within their big data. Wang integrates the human element – thick data – that is invisible to quantitative data analysis to reveal how customers really behave.

She is the co-founder of Sudden Compass, a consulting firm that enables companies to achieve growth by scaling and extracting insights from data about their customers. Wang is a co-founder of Magpie Kingdom, a content and strategy company that showcases stories in a weekly newsletter about the Chinese internet. Magpie Kingdom also advises companies on how to understand the Chinese consumer.

Dr. Slonim

Anthony Slonim, MD, DrPH, FACHE
President and CEO of Renown Health and President of Renown IHI

Dr. Anthony Slonim, President and CEO of Renown Health in Reno, NV, is an innovator and proven leader committed to working within the health care system while simultaneously working to transform it. Slonim developed a national profile as an expert in patient safety, accountable care, quality and innovative care models focused on improving community health. A quadruple board-certified physician, he is chair-elect for the American Hospital Association's Systems Board, representing more than 300 integrated health systems nationwide.

Since joining Renown in July 2014, Slonim has completely reoriented northern Nevada's largest locally governed, not-for-profit health care network. He launched a five-year strategic plan focused on population health and embraced the national triple aim initiatives of improving quality care and patient satisfaction while reducing costs.

Slonim also formed the Renown Institute for Health Innovation (Renown IHI), a collaboration with Desert Research Institute, a global leader in environmental data. Together with personal genomics company Helix, Renown IHI operates the Healthy Nevada Project. Using the SAS® Platform for statistical modeling to gain greater insight into the health determinants of northern Nevadans, the Healthy Nevada Project combines genetic, environmental, social and clinical data to address individual and community health needs.

Rachel Bicking

Rachel Bicking
Chief Data and Analytics Officer, CXLoyalty (Affinion Group)

Rachel Bicking partners with organizations of all sizes to drive differentiated value through uncovering stories in customer behavior. She is a passionate advocate of allowing data to inspire innovation, embedding predictive models throughout the enterprise and enabling real-time decisions to encourage a best-in-class customer experience.

Bicking has supported major retail, financial services and travel companies to develop analytics platforms, recommendation engines, geo-aware mobile engagement initiatives, omnichannel decision hubs and search optimization.

She has earned an MBA and is an alumna of Harvard University.

Peter Guerra

Peter Guerra
North America Chief Data Scientist, Accenture AI

Peter Guerra builds Accenture’s data science and artificial intelligence (AI) business in North America. He helps clients solve their toughest challenges with AI. Guerra has more than 15 years of experience creating big data, data science and machine learning solutions across many industries. He also led data science projects for US federal government and law enforcement clients, where he managed one of the world’s largest data clusters for machine learning. Guerra has a bachelor’s degree in English and computer science from the University of Maryland, an MBA from Loyola University and is a doctoral candidate in artificial intelligence at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Lisa Spelman

Lisa A. Spelman
Vice President and General Manager, Intel Xeon Products and Data Center Marketing, Intel

Lisa A. Spelman leads marketing for Intel’s Data Center group and manages a team responsible for channel marketing, product marketing and management for Intel Xeon processors and platforms, including product launches, social media and go-to-market activities. She and the team work with equipment manufacturers, software vendors, technologies and solutions, and performance marketing.

Spelman joined the Data Center group in 2014. During her three-year tenure as Intel IT operation’s Director of Client Services, she led the global team providing productivity tools to Intel employees. Before joining Intel IT, Spelman spent two years as technical adviser to Intel’s chief information officer. Earlier in her Intel career, she held positions in finance, server product and brand marketing, and sales. She joined Intel in 2000 as a financial analyst supporting Intel’s server business.

Spelman has a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in finance and marketing from the University of Washington.

Oliver Schabenberger

Oliver Schabenberger
Executive Vice President, COO and CTO, SAS

As COO and CTO, Oliver Schabenberger sets the technology direction for SAS and executes the company’s strategic direction and business priorities. He oversees multiple divisions within SAS, including R&D, Sales, Marketing, Information Technology and Customer Support, as well as divisions focused on solutions for IoT, financial risk management and cloud. Schabenberger joined the SAS R&D Division in 2002 and was named CTO in 2016. Prior to SAS, he served as Associate Professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech, where he earned his PhD in 1995. He frequently writes on emerging technology for publications such as and holds several patents on software design and algorithms.

Randy Guard

Randy Guard
Executive Vice President and CMO, SAS

Randy Guard is responsible for the SAS brand, providing global, strategic direction and marketing vision for SAS® products and solutions. He oversees several operational business units, including product management, global marketing, sales enablement, communications and creative services. Guard has many years of consulting, marketing and product development experience. He is responsible for the SAS portfolio, which spans analytics, data visualization, data management, business intelligence and industry solutions. Guard’s extensive consulting background, along with a strong grasp of market dynamics, allows him to align marketing initiatives that position SAS at the forefront of new developments such as IoT, cybersecurity and cloud.

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